UP Board solution of English Chapter 4 UP Board Class 12th Flamingo Chapter 4 The Rattrap (Prose) Book in English Medium-Gyansindhuclasses
UP Board solution of English Chapter 4 UP Board Class 12th Flamingo Chapter 4 The Rattrap (Prose) Book in English Medium- Up Board English For Hindi & English medium students. Based On Uttar Pradesh Madhyamik shiksha Parishad New NCERT Syllabus . Board Class 12 English Book Solutions. This Chapter is Written By: Selma Lagerlof.
Chapter 4 Solution of The Rattrap
Short Answer Type Questions
Q1.Who was the rattrap seller? How did he make them?
Ans.There was a person who was a peddler and used to wander here and there selling rattraps. He was the rattrap seller and he made those rattraps himself from the material he got by begging in the stores or at the big farms.
Q2. Who gave him shelter for the night and why?
Ans.An old man, earlier a crofter at Ramsjö Ironworks gave him shelter for the night because that old man was living alone in his hut and was happy that somebody came there to give him company and dispel his lonliness.
Q3. Why did the rattrap seller return to crofter’s cottage?
Ans.The rattrap seller returned to crofter’s cottage because he had planned to steal thirty kronors which the crofter showed him last night. And he stole that money successfully.
Q4.What happened with the rattrap seller into the woods?
Ans.When the rattrap seller stole thirty kronors of the crofter, he ran into the woods where he was trapped in the forest. The whole forest, with its trunks and branches, its thickets and fallen logs, closed in upon him like an impenetrable prison from which he was not in the condition to escape.
Q5. What sounds did the peddler hear into the forest? What did he do then?
Ans.Into the forest, the peddler heard a hard regular thumping sound. Hearing that sound, he raised himself, summoned all his strength, got up, and staggered in the direction of the sound.
Q6.What was Ramsjö Ironworks? What was happening inside it?
Ans.Ramsjö Ironworks was a large plant, with smelter, rolling mill and forge. Inside it, the master smith and his helper sat in the dark forge near the furnace waiting for the pig iron, and were ready to start the work.
Q7.Why was the vagabond not ready to go with the ironmaster to his house?
Ans.The vagabond was not ready to go with the ironmaster to his house because he did not have trust on him and he was worried about thirty kronors which he stole and had with him.
Q 8.What did the ironmaster do to bring vagabond to his house?
Ans.To bring vagabond to his house, firstly the ironmater himself tried to convince him but after getting failed, he decided to send his daughter Edla to make the vagabond ready.
Q9.Why did Edla Willmansson want to give hospitality to the vagabond, the stranger?
Ans.Edla Willmansson wanted to give hospitality to the vagabond, the stranger because she had invited him for celebrating Christmas Evening by her own side and secondly, except her father and herself own, there was no one to give company to them and Vebo no one too to combindly celebrate the festival.
Q 10. What information did the ironmaster and his daughter receive at the Church?
Ans.At the Church, the ironmaster and his daughter came to know that one of the old crofters of the ironworks had been robbed by a man who went around selling rattraps.
Q11. What Christmas present did Edla receive from the peddler? Why did she give a little cry of joy?
Ans. Edla received a little package as a Christmas present from the peddler. She gave a little cry of joy because in that package, there found a small rattrap, laid three wrinkled ten kronor bills and a letter for Miss Edla Willmansson.
Long Answer Type Questions
Q1. Who was the protagonist of the chapter ‘The Rattrap’? What was his condition and how was he struggling for the survival? Describe explaining his philosophical thought about the whole world.
Ans.The protagonist of the chapter ‘The Rattrap’ is ‘the peddler the rattraps seller’. His condition was very poor and miserable and for the survival, he was not only selling the rattraps wandering here and there but doing petty thievery time to time. His philosophical thought about the whole world was absolutely different from others. His idea about the whole world was-the whole world with its lands and baseas, it cities and villages- was nothing but a big rattrap. It had never existed for any other purpose than to set baits for people. It offered riches and joys, shelter and food, heat and clothing, exactly as the rattrap offered cheese and pork, and as soon as anyone let himself be tempted to touch the bait, it closed in on him, and then everything come to an end.
Q2.Whose cottage did the peddler find along the road? How was he treated by the owner of the cottage and why?
Ans.Along the road, the peddler found the cottage of an old man who used to live there alone. The owner of the cottage, that old man-treated with him like a guest. He welcomed the peddler and offered him porridge and the supper. Then he carved off a slice from his tobacco roll and gave to the stranger. Finally he got out an old pack of cards and played mjölis with the peddler until bedtime. The old man, the crofter who was the owner of that cottage, treated that peddler, the stranger in such a friendly manner because he was without wife or child, and was happy to get someone to talk to in his loneliness.
Q3.What happened when the peddler stole the money from crofter’s house? What difficulty did he face after it and how did he escape?
Ans.When the peddler stole the money from crofter’s house, he walked along with the money in his pocket and felt quite pleased with his smartness. He dared not running continue on the public highway, so he turned into the woods. During his first hours this caused him no difficulty but later in the day, it became worse, for it was a big and confusing forest which he had gotten into. The whole forest, with its trunks and branches, its thickets and fallen logs, closed in upon him like an impentrable prison from which he could never escape. He escaped when he heard a regular hard thumping sound and staggered into that direction and got shelter in Ramsjö Ironworks.
Q4. Who entered inside the forge with a valet? What did that person do with the stranger? What was stranger’s reaction at that?
Ans.In the forge a less pretty modest and quite shy girl – Ironmaster’s daughter ‘Edla Willmansson’ entered with a valet. That person Edia looked at him compassionately, with her heavy eyes and felt sorry for him having such a hard time. She consolated that peddler that he might be sure, that he would be allowed to leave them just as freely as he had come. She assumed him captain and requested to stay with them over Christmas Eve.
She said that in such a friendly manner that the rattrap peddler must have felt confidence in her.
The stranger’s reaction was unexpected, he accepted the fur coat which the valet handed him with a deep bow, threw it over his rags, and followed the young lady out to the carriage and went home.
Q5. What happened with the stranger at ironmaster’s house? How was he treated by Edla Willmansson?
Ans.At ironmaster’s house, firstly the stranger was welcomed and bathed and shaved and given ironmaster’s suit to him as a Christmas present. Then in the morning at the breakfast table, his identity cleared and the ironmaster ordered him to go out from his house. But the ironmaster’s daughter, Edla stopped him from going and argued with her father for him. She didn’t want to disappoint the guest and herself own too. She had prepared good dishes and other offerings for that stranger to make him feel homely. Apparently, they themselves had invited that peddler to celebrate Christmas Evening.
That’s why Edla treated that stranger as a guest, as a captain and didn’t let him go from there even her father’s disapproval.
Q6. What made the peddler finally change his ways?
Ans.The peddler was a man who used to wander here and there selling rattrapes. He was a vagabond and having very ill manners. For his livelihood, he used to do petty thievery time to time whenever got the chance. He stole thirty kronors of the crofter who sheltered and honoured him. Later, he was carried to the ironmaster’s house by Edla, she was the daughter of the ironmaster. There, he was treated very well and homely by Edla Willmansson. He was offered Christmas food and all the offerings of the festival. He was given room for staying, a suit of ironmaster to wear, as a Christmas present.
In total, he was treated as a family member and given the best treatment as possible. He was a wanderer and a thief but at Ironmaster’s house, he was a guest and received respect and love which he had never received anywhere. So, this humane and friendly behaviour and unexpected honour finally changed his ways. At last, he became a gentleman and a civilized man which can be understood by his last act of returning thirty kronors and a thanking letter to Miss Edla Willmansson.
Q7. How does the metaphor of the rattrap serve to highlight the human predicament?
Ans.In ‘The Rattrap’, the peddler used to sell rattraps Bemor wandering here and there. The rattrap is a common thing, seen by mostly everyone. But that rattrap seller had a very different and unique thought about the rattraps. He thought, “The whole world about him – the whole world with its lands and seas, its cities and villages – was nothing, but a big rattrap. It had never existed for any other purpose than to set baits for people. It offered riches and joys, shelter and food, heat and clothing, exactly as the rattrap offered cheese and pork, and as soon as anyone let himself be tempted to touch the bait, it closed in on him, and then everything came to an end.”
His this theory works for the human predicament. Today, the condition of mostly human beings are similar to the rats. They wander here and there for more, they are never seemed satisfied with what has been offered to them. So, due to greed of earning and getting more, they indulge in illegal and unauthorized things and acts, and finally they are trapped and everything comes to an end. So, the metaphor of the rattrap serves a lot to highlight the alpuck human predicament.
Chapterwise Multiple Choice Questions and their Answers
- Once upon a time there was a man went around selling small rattraps of …….
(a) plastic (b) wire(✓)
(c) waste materials (d) none
- The whole world with its lands and seas, its cities and villages was nothing but a big…..
(a) farm (b) game
(c) world (d) rattrap (✓)
- The old man was just as generous with his confidence as with his……. and tobacco.
(a) cards (b) cow
(c) porridge (✓) (d) kronor
- The whole forest, with its trunks and branches, its thickets and fallen logs, closed in upon him like an …… sbt prison from which he could never escape.
(a) invisible (b) impenetrable(✓)
(c) irregular (d) all of these
- The master Smith and his helper sat in the dark forge near the furnace waiting for the…….. iron.
(a) raw (b) solid
(c) bid (d) pig(✓)
- The first thing which the ironmaster saw in the mill was the tall………..
(a) vagabond (b) ragamuffin(✓)
(c) tramp (d) rattrap seller
- The ironmaster assumed that he felt…… because of his miserable clothing.
(a) ashamed (b) insulted
(c) humiliated (d) embarrassed(✓)
- Edla entered, followed by a valet, carrying on his arm a big ……. coat.
(a) fur (✓) (b) woollen
(c) dark (d) new
- While going to the manor’s house, the stranger thought that he was sitting in the……. and will never get out of it.
(a) cage (b) van
(c) trap (✓) (d) prison
- But although his guest was now so well groomed, the ironmaster did not seem
(a) surprised (b) angry
(c) thundered (d) pleased(✓)
- “You do preach worse than a …….”said the ironmaster:
(a) teacher (b) parson (✓)
(c) father (d) priest
12.For the Christmas present, the stranger stared at the young girl in …… amazement.
(a) boundless (✓) (b) unlimited
(c) unexpected (d) unforgettable
- The ironmaster and the daughter returned from the Church at about……. o’ clock.
(a) nine (b) ten(✓)
(c) eleven (d) twelve
14.The young girl opened the which was so badly done up that the contents came into view at once.
(a) packet (b) package (✓)
(c) packing (d) parcel
- The stranger wrote in his letter, “The rattrap is a Christmas present from a …….
(a) captain (b) stranger
(c) rat (✓) (d) friend
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